Having received my orders from Master Fred and Miss Dorothy I set to work on their pencil rolls yesterday.
Fred had chosen his fabrics on Sunday from my stash of picture prints that I rarely use these days.
He went for a Noah's Ark theme
But unfortunately I made the roll a bit too narrow because I used the lines in the pattern of the fabric for cutting - Another couple of inches would have been perfect. I did use the 3/4 inch measurement for the pencil slots and that is a much better fit.
Dorothy was off school poorly yesterday so she supervised the work on her pencil roll from her snuggly spot on the sofa!
She is such a "schooly" girl and has always loved this fabric (she has a rag doll with a dress made out of it too) so it was an obvious choice for her
and I really like this "handwriting" fabric I bought on ebay a few years ago but I have never really had anything for it to go in because of the colour.
I made Dot's pencil roll wider by using a spotty border after the mistake with Fred's - now I just need to get her some more pens and pencils to fill it up - they seem to get longer with each one I make!
I have now been commissioned to make my sister-in-law and my mum a knitting needle roll each and while I am in the mood I might make myself a roll for my new Berol colouring pens - the children keep asking if they can use them but I just fight them off!
I'm going to indulge in a bit of "Mummy boasting" now so please bear with me!
Yesterday evening Daisy decided she wanted to make some "doggy things". She had drawn and cut out a little dog and wanted to make him a kennel etc so she found paper, scissors, glue and sellotape and set to work.
Fred decided to join in and completely amazed me by reproducing a cube/box he had made ages ago at school. He drew the pattern and cut it out and put it together without any help at all - which is pretty amazing as he is only 5.
It's not perfect but I think it is fairly fantastic really! I'm sure we didn't learn how to do these until we were about 14!
Oops! Almost forgot - just had to come back in and add this or I will be in trouble!
What do you think? (Obviously they won't all have brown edges - that was just to incorporate the brown into the first 5)
And last, but not least, I will leave you with a sneaky peek of one of the bunnies I am making for the swap. I asked my partner Hilde what colours she particularly liked and she mentioned that she liked yellow and her son thought the bunny should be brown.
My little brain went into overdrive and I think I may have invented a new hybrid species - only there's no owl in this little fellow!
I do hope Hilde doesn't mind having a completely barmy mutant-bunny!